Synopses & Reviews
"What does Drog want? That is the question that Parker Lockwood must answer in order to get the malicious puppet to let go of his hand. But before he can answer Drog's question, Parker has to reach even deeper inside himself to figure out his own deepest longings. Readers will recognize in Parker a journey's mate on the path to self-discovery, even though what he finds there may be hard to say out loud, and worse, may hurt those he loves most. This is a riveting read, one that will stay with you long after the covers are closed."
Kathi Appelt, author of The Underneath, Newbery Honor Book and National Book Award Finalist
"A multi-cultural gem. . . .Drog is the anti-Pinocchio of middle school. He tells the truth! But reader beware: DROG is hard to put down. This is a laugh out loud story about a sassy puppet and the boy who gloved him. (Sorry, Drog made me do it!!)"
John H. Ritter, author of The Boy Who Saved Baseball
"Title-character Drog gives new meaning to the phrase 'hand-puppet' as he attaches his ancient self to a bewildered boy in this inventive tale of puppetry and empowerment."
Richard Peck, author of A Long Way from Chicago, Newbery Award Honor Book and National Book Award finalist
"Strange, Creepy, Amazing! Parker's life is a blend of everyday reality and complete, unexplainable weirdness. All he wants is to find a way to be himself."
Kathleen Duey, author of Skin Hunger, National Book Award finalist
"I loved this book because it engaged my emotions. And that's why I read, to be moved, to be touched. This book doesn't need glitz. It stands on its own. Loved it."
Graham Salisbury, author of Under the Blood-Red Sun
"A solid debut."
In this fresh, funny, and slightly dark coming-of-age story, 11-year-old Parker faces an unexpected challenge. Having a sarcastic talking puppet named Drog stuck on his hand ruins everything for Parker--his love of making things, his best-friendship with Wren, his chances of being normal at school, and his hopes for more respect and understanding from his distant father.
Drog foils Parker's every attempt to get him off. Over the puppet's objections, Parker signs up for aikido class, where he is accepted, Drog and all, and begins to learn different ways of treating an opponent. The puppet can't do anything except talk. "Take it from Drog," he says, "You're nothing without a voice. Nada." Parker must find his own voice in order to free himself from Drog and take control of his life.
About the Author
Sue Cowing grew up in Galesburg, Illinois, home of Carl Sandburg, but she now lives and writes in Honolulu. Her first love was poetry. She has published two books of poetry, Fire In the Sea: An Anthology of Poetry and Art, which she edited, and My Dog Has Flies: Poetry for Hawaii's Kids, a collection of her own, humorous poems. She currently writes primarily children's fiction and has published poems and stories in Cricket and Spider magazines. You Will Call Me Drog is her debut children's novel.